Photography

Marion Meakem

DC/VA/MD Metro 


I'm here to help you tell yours

Everyone has a story

I have over 10 years of professional experience photographing Families, High School Seniors and Professionals. I photograph Mitzvahs, Weddings, and Baptisms. I have photographed First as well as Onehundredth Birthday Parties. I photograph social and political events in Washington, DC and occasionally get to meet and photograph celebrities. 

At the end of the day, my passion is to work with "real" people, the individuals and families in my community. I know that life can be complicated and that you might not feel camera ready.  You may be concerned that your kids won't "behave" and that everyone will be stressed. Believe me, I feel you. I also know that a good portrait or family photo can give comfort and perspective and is worth the effort.  I work very hard to make the process and your experience as easy and joyful as possible. In my many years as a photographer I have yet to serve a client who tells me that they regret making the investment, and I have earned the accolades of more than one middle schooler that "this was actually kind of fun."

Marion Meakem Photography was voted Arlington Magazine's Best Family Photographer 2020. If you are looking for an experienced professional, please reach out and let's discuss how I can help.  I truly love my craft and I would be honored to capture your family's spirit or cover your next event.


Guests of the First Lady's Luncheon 2019

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(Almost) nothing makes me happier than my clients' love notes

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"Marion's photos capture the essence of the moment and
will stand as lasting documents and memories."


Andrew F.
March 2019

means the world to me

what my clients say

Christine F.
November 2019

Wow, Marion, I’m speechless! These photos are so beautiful! 


Julie E.
  December 2019


Marion,
Thank you thank you thank you! You were so wonderful to work with and we appreciate your hard work but making it look effortless and making us feel comfortable. 



Nancy N.
May 2019

"Dear Marion,
You are a superstar! You made me tear up. The pictures you took, the expressions you captured, brought me back to my son when he was little. It's been a long time since I've seen that smile and loveliness radiating from him. I appreciate so much what you brought out from him. I am going to ask him what was the magic ... besides of course your mastery at the lens.
Thank you. Our whole family is going to be so thankful."



Amy F.
June 2018

"My entire family is in awe of your pictures.
Such a treasure and such a gift to us all.
Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.
This is truly one of the best gifts - forever grateful."

"When I first saw Marion's gorgeous photographs of our special family event, they took my breath away

I was already a fan of her work, yet she exceeded my high expectations. Marion's warmth and kindness put everyone at ease, which led to relaxed and natural posed shots. Even better, she captured so many special candid moments throughout the evening, with beautiful composition and lighting. The photos bring me joy every time I go through them because they truly reflect the spirit and memory of a wonderful day."


Tara K.
February 2019

"Although we are constantly taking pictures of each other with our smartphones, nothing compares to the professional family portraits that you took for us.

The way you were able to find the perfect setting and lighting for the photo session while putting my kids and even my father at ease was truly priceless. Thank you again for the amazing photos and memories."

Daniela B.
February 2016


"Marion, I am so thrilled with these photos. You are amazing. The pictures are simply beautiful. I know we will enjoy them for years to come. Thank you, thank you for capturing everybody just right. It's great when I think 'Well, that could be our Christmas picture,' and then a few pictures later 'or that could be our Christmas picture' "


Margaret W.
November 2014

Clarissa C.
April 2014

"The process and photos exceeded my expectation. Marion is a true professional.
I really enjoyed working with her."


"Marion is incredibly easy and enjoyable to work with. As a mother herself, she knows the antics of kids as well as the boredom they feel when having to sit for photos. 




We really like working with Marion from start to finish."


She is patient, works quickly to keep the kids from losing interest and has a great sense of humor.

Joanna B.
April 2014

Liz B.
April 2019


"OMG, I Love love love the photographs. We absolutely couldn't be happier."


"Your photos are magnificent. You totally captured the feel, the energy, the emotion of the party. Somehow you were everywhere, too. I didn't realize how much was going on and who was interacting with whom, until I looked through your photos.
Each shot is a personality portrait. You are truly a worldclass pro. Your photos will be a treasure forever."

Alison G.
June 2016

"Marion, take a victory lap. Thank you for doing a spectacular job of capturing our family celebration. It may be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for us, but you have helped make our indelible memories of the event.

Thank you, Marion"

Jesse R.
September 2017

"I searched high and low for a photographer and I'm so glad to have found Marion. My photos are amazing - beyond what I expected. Marion was professional and easy to work with, from beginning to end. She made me comfortable while taking my headshots.
I highly recommend her."

Marla H.
December 2017

"What a wonderful, amazing, incredible (plus many more superlatives) job you did capturing our marriage moments. There are so many gems in this collection,
it is hard to know where to start.

Suffice it to say, we are extremely grateful to you for being so gracious, so flexible, so adept at working with our somewhat unconventional requests, and making the very best out of it. Thanks again from our hearts."

Jacob C.
June 2017

Madelyn R.
December 2017

"Marion, thank you so much for your artistry, patience and good humor over the course of taking photos of K's Bat Mitzvah. The photos are beautiful and I've already given your name to a ton of people.

We appreciate you so much."

Brie C. and Jason B.
March 2018

"Marion, we have so much to be thankful for, but your photos take the cake! 
Thank you for capturing our special day -
we're over the moon with how beautiful the pictures are.
Thank you!"


"Thank you so very much being part of J's Bar Mitzvah!!!
We truly appreciate your flexibility scheduling multiple photo shoots
at the synagogue and the hotel.
We know you went above and beyond the call of duty to take care of us. The pictures look absolutely fantastic."

Sean M.
March 2018


"Wow! Thank you so much!
These photos are so absolutely beautiful that they brought tears to my eyes."

Marcella F.
May 2018


"Marion took photos of our family and she was phenomenal. Our kids loved working with Marion. She was fun and engaging. Our photos are absolutely stunning.

We highly recommend Marion!"

Noel C.
November 2016


"Dear Marion,

I can't tell you how meaningful it is that I have beautiful photos with which to memorialize that special day forever. You seamlessly managed to appear in all the right places; I have to wonder if you had a clone because it does not seem possible to have caught every hug, every platter, and everything in between. I am infinitely appreciative."

Marisa M.
June 2016

"What amazing photographs! Thank you so much ... we all just love them -
they are exactly what we were looking for and it's all been so smooth and easy."

Jennifer R.
April 2015

"You are amazing, Marion!!
I am so lucky to have had your creative energy for my projects.
Brilliant is a very good word for your work."


Woodrow E.
February 2016


"You have a wonderful talent for having everyone relax and enjoy the entire experience of having pictures taken. We really appreciate your approach to make every picture perfect.
We are extremely happy with the result of all the family photos."

Bill W. and Betsy Y.
November 2016


"Not only were we utterly pleased with the results of your efforts - we also found that you provided the perfect touch at what for me was a major event - the marriage of our only child.
Your personality and approach enhanced the experience. We will always happily associate your positive presence with it. Many thanks!"

Dan and Marian C.
June 2017

Jacqueline M.
August 2015

"Wow Wow Wow Wow. That's all I can say after looking at the spectacular photos.
Marion, you are a gifted artist. Your photos are priceless."

"Thank you, Marion, for your unwavering patience
during our sessions. I am just so happy.

"These photographs are simply perfect. They capture the sweetness of their children as well as their 'spriteness'. I honestly don't know how you did it. There are tons of amazing pictures here."

Sarah D.
September 2016

"Marion's photos capture the essence of the moment and will stand as lasting documents and memories."


Wow, Marion, I’m speechless!
 These photos are so beautiful! 



Marion,
Thank you thank you thank you! You were so wonderful to work with and we appreciate your hard work but making it look effortless and making us feel comfortable. 



"Dear Marion,
You are a superstar! You made me tear up. The pictures you took, the expressions you captured, brought me back to my son when he was little. It's been a long time since I've seen that smile and loveliness radiating from him. I appreciate so much what you brought out from him. I am going to ask him what was the magic ... besides of course your mastery at the lens.
Thank you. Our whole family is going to be so thankful."



"My entire family is in awe of your pictures.
Such a treasure and such a gift to us all.
Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.
This is truly one of the best gifts - forever grateful."

"When I first saw Marion's gorgeous photographs of our special family event, they took my breath away. I was already a fan of her work, yet she exceeded my high expectations. Marion's warmth and kindness put everyone at ease, which led to relaxed and natural posed shots. Even better, she captured so many special candid moments throughout the evening, with beautiful composition and lighting. The photos bring me joy every time I go through them because they truly reflect the spirit and memory of a wonderful day."



"Although we are constantly taking pictures of each other with our smartphones, nothing compares to the professional family portraits that you took for us. The way you were able to find the perfect setting and lighting for the photo session while putting my kids and even my father at ease was truly priceless. Thank you again for the amazing photos and memories."


"Marion, I am so thrilled with these photos. You are amazing. The pictures are simply beautiful. I know we will enjoy them for years to come. Thank you, thank you for capturing everybody just right. It's great when I think 'Well, that could be our Christmas picture,' and then a few pictures later 'or that could be our Christmas picture' "


"The process and photos exceeded my expectation. Marion is a true professional.
I really enjoyed working with her."


She is patient, works quickly to keep the kids from losing interest and has a great sense of humor.

"Marion is incredibly easy and enjoyable to work with. As a mother herself, she knows the antics of kids as well as the boredom they feel when having to sit for photos. 




We really like working with Marion from start to finish."



"OMG, I Love love love the photographs. We absolutely couldn't be happier."


"Your photos are magnificent. You totally captured the feel, the energy, the emotion of the party. Somehow you were everywhere, too. I didn't realize how much was going on and who was interacting with whom, until I looked through your photos.
Each shot is a personality portrait. You are truly a worldclass pro. Your photos will be a treasure forever."

"Marion, take a victory lap. Thank you for doing a spectacular job of capturing our family celebration. It may be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for us, but you have helped make our indelible memories of the event.

Thank you, Marion"

"I searched high and low for a photographer and I'm so glad to have found Marion. My photos are amazing - beyond what I expected. Marion was professional and easy to work with, from beginning to end. She made me comfortable while taking my headshots.
I highly recommend her."

"What a wonderful, amazing, incredible (plus many more superlatives) job you did capturing our marriage moments. There are so many gems in this collection,
it is hard to know where to start.
Suffice it to say, we are extremely grateful to you for being so gracious, so flexible, so adept at working with our somewhat unconventional requests, and making the very best out of it. Thanks again from our hearts."

"Marion, thank you so much for your artistry, patience and good humor over the course of taking photos of K's Bat Mitzvah. The photos are beautiful and I've already given your name to a ton of people.

We appreciate you so much."

"Marion, we have so much to be thankful for, but your photos take the cake! Thank you for capturing our special day - we're over the moon with how beautiful the pictures are.
Thank you!"


"Thank you so very much being part of J's Bar Mitzvah!!!
We truly appreciate your flexibility scheduling multiple photo shoots
at the synagogue and the hotel.
We know you went above and beyond the call of duty to take care of us. The pictures look absolutely fantastic."


"Wow! Thank you so much!
These photos are so absolutely beautiful that they brought tears to my eyes."


"Marion took photos of our family and she was phenomenal. Our kids loved working with Marion. She was fun and engaging. Our photos are absolutely stunning.

We highly recommend Marion!"


"Dear Marion,
I can't tell you how meaningful it is that I have beautiful photos with which to memorialize that special day forever. You seamlessly managed to appear in all the right places; I have to wonder if you had a clone because it does not seem possible to have caught every hug, every platter, and everything in between. I am infinitely appreciative."

"What amazing photographs! Thank you so much ... we all just love them - they are exactly what we were looking for and it's all been so smooth and easy."

"You are amazing, Marion!!
I am so lucky to have had your creative energy for my projects.
Brilliant is a very good word for your work."


"You have a wonderful talent for having everyone relax and enjoy the entire experience of having pictures taken. We really appreciate your approach to make every picture perfect.
We are extremely happy with the result of all the family photos."


"Not only were we utterly pleased with the results of your efforts - we also found that you provided the perfect touch at what for me was a major event - the marriage of our only child.
Your personality and approach enhanced the experience. We will always happily associate your positive presence with it. Many thanks!"

"Wow Wow Wow Wow. That's all I can say after looking at the spectacular photos.
Marion, you are a gifted artist. Your photos are priceless."

"Thank you, Marion, for your unwavering patience during our sessions. I am just so happy.

"These photographs are simply perfect. They capture the sweetness of their children as well as their 'spriteness'. I honestly don't know how you did it. There are tons of amazing pictures here."

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Morgan Stanley

Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Our past satisfied clients include

The
Congressional Club


Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

TAPS



I photograph people and my images are people centered. This means that I strive to literally present you in the best light. The backdrop is of secondary importance. It will often be blurred or blown out because my focus is on YOU. A flower may end up as a dot of color, a building or landscape in the back will be recognizable but probably not defined. No two photo shoots are ever alike and I spend a lot of time and thought before the session tailoring the shoot to your exact needs and wants. I work hard to keep it fresh and creative for each client. For your indoor event I will typically conduct a sitevisit ahead of time to familiarize myself with the setting and lighting conditions, so I can visualize the scene and sequence of events and prepare my equipment accordingly.


I am fortunate to have access to a beautifully designed yard right by my house in McLean if you want to keep things simple. Most of the time, however, I photograph in parks, gardens, or urban environments. The Washington DC area brims with public spaces and architecture beckoning to be the setting for your photos and I spend a fair amount of time location scouting when I am not out shooting. We will discuss ideas which suit your style and your family. I am also happy to travel to your home or venue of your event.


The best way is to use the online scheduling feature on my website. You may also use the contact form on this site or email me at marionmeakemphotography@gmail.com with a couple of suggestions. I require a
deposit of $100 to reserve your appointment, with the balance due after the session.


We will communicate on the day before or on the scheduled appointment and can reschedule in case of inclement weather. We can also explore indoor options.


I completely understand that things come up and children get sick. Please inform me as soon as you know that you can’t keep the appointment. I allow one non-weather related reschedule per session. After that I reserve the right to charge a $100 reschedule fee to protect my time investment. Especially during the busy season it is very likely that I have turned away another client because I had reserved the time slot for you.


 Once you book your session and pay your deposit, I will send you my style guide with specific tips for clothing.


Absolutely. I have done a lot of work with dogs in particular. They are part of the family, so why shouldn’t 
they be on your family photo?


For larger events I will recommend including a second or even third shooter. I work with several other photographers who are consummate professionals and will put together an experienced and reliable team for your event. We have photographed high level events with thousands of guests, so you will be in good hands.


Yes, rest assured, Marion Meakem Photography is a licensed and insured business.

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